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Parallels Desktop 3 vs VMware Fusion 2

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Hardware: Hackintosh, Pentium Dual-Core E2160 @ 2.4GHz, 2GB DDR2-667 Dual-Channel, 160G 7200rpm 8M HDD, nVidia GeForce 7300GT with 256MB GDDR3, Gigabyte-EG31MF-S2 Motherboard


Software: Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.5, Parallels Desktop 3 Build 5608, VMware Fusion 2 Build 116369


In both Virtual Machine softwares, I set the RAM to 1024MB.



Windows XP Professional with SP3



PerformanceTest 6.1 Evaluation from http://www.passmark.com/products/pt.htm


PerformanceTest.zip contains the result files which can be viewed with the PerformanceTest. For those who don't have PerformanceTest, please see the BenchmarkResults.zip.



VMware Fusion is much faster than Parallels Desktop, especially when it comes to 3D graphics. But there is one thing that I don't understand: When I encode video from RMVB to PMP-AVC with Windmencoder (it's a GUI for mencoder), I have about 80 fps in Parallels vs 60 fps in VMware Fusion.



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